it is a difficult decision when deciding to pick either a gas fireplace or electric fireplace. Both types of Fireplaces have distinct advantages. With compiled the list below which examines the benefits of each type of fireplace in detail and will help you make an informed decision on which one will be more suitable for your home.

Gas Fireplaces examined

Gas fireplaces can either be powered by natural gas or LPG (propane gas). Gas fireplaces have become increasingly popular over the last couple of years when the norm was real open solid fuel fireplaces. Solid fuel fireplaces looked lovely however have to disadvantage of requiring the homeowner to clean up soot and store logs / coal. Gas fireplaces do not require any fuel to be stored at the home, as they burn effectively ceramic logs or coal. The ceramic logs and coal look very realistic and are often hard to differentiate between the real thing.

Electric fireplaces examined

Electric fireplaces have come a long way in the past couple of years, and have extensively been improved by major manufacturers such as Dimplex. Electric Fires these days have remarkably realistic flame effects, and some electric fireplaces are even able to generate effect only smoke that makes them even more realistic at emulating solid fuel fire and gas fireplaces. If you're like most homeowners and would only use the fireplace for an effect only rather than heat source them electric fireplaces have distinct advantages over gas fireplaces, as the warm glow effect can be turned on without having to turn heater on. Electric fireplaces can simply be plugged into a standard 13 amp socket and can hence be installed in virtually any room in the home.


When it comes to choosing between an electric fireplace and gas fireplace, both types of fireplaces have distinct advantages. Gas fireplaces or long leap forward from their predecessor (solid fuel Fires), and boast a lovely warm living flame effect. Electric fireplaces on the other hand are able to have a lovely visual effect without the need to burn any fuel. Essentially the decision is up to the individual requirements of homeowners.